Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Trump says fairer deal might coax U.S. back to Paris climate accord

Trump says fairer deal might coax U.S. back to Paris climate accord

At a press conference with visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, President Trump criticized the deal the US had signed up for in the Paris Agreement.

Trump announced in June that he was pulling the United States from the Paris accord, calling it "less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States".

He had also said that the United States could stay in if the treaty was renegotiated, something which the European Union and other nations quickly ruled out would ever happen. "We have a total of 52 and they've delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule".

"We could conceivably go back in", Trump added unexpectedly.

As before, Trump made several incorrect statements about the Paris treaty. "Tremendous", Trump said. "I wish we'd do some of that, but hydropower is fantastic, and it's a great asset that you have". "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil".

Erna Solberg in a DW interview with Zhana Nemtsova
Trump says fairer deal might coax U.S. back to Paris climate accord

There is nothing in the Paris deal which bans specific types of fuels, nor are there any penalties. However, when Solberg pointed out how Norway remains committed to the agreement that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Trump appeared to change his tune, just a little.

"Because, as usual, they made a bad deal".

Despite being asked, Trump did not specify what changes were needed in the Paris deal to persuade him to keep the United States in. "Our EPA and our EPA commissioners are very, very powerful in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete and the Paris Accord rally would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen".

"We are not going to let that happen".

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